First Trailer and New Images for James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Starring Chadwick Boseman

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Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The HelpJames Brown biopic Get on Up.  Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman.  In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help.  Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images.  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star.  Get on Up opens August 1st.

First Look at Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Biopic GET ON UP

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The first image from the upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up has landed online.  The pic serves as The Help director Tate Taylor’s second directorial feature, and the filmmaker tapped 42 star Chadwick Boseman to portray the Godfather of Soul.  Get on Up likely won’t shy away from the saltier aspects of Brown’s life, as Taylor told EW, “As I dug in and started to discover more about him, the good and the bad, I loved the reasons he was often bad and I loved the reasons he was good.  I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.”  The director was inundated with offers for a wide-range of projects after the success of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Help, but he instead held out and chose to make Get on Up.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first image, which also features Craig Robinson.  Production is currently underway in Mississippi with a supporting cast that includes Viola Davis and Octavia SpencerGet on Up opens August 1st.

Universal to Release Tate Taylor’s James Brown Biopic GET ON UP on October 17, 2014

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Universal Pictures is moving very quickly on The Help director Tate Taylor’s upcoming James Brown biopic.  We learned earlier this week that 42 star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play Brown in the film, and Universal announced today that Get on Up will hit theaters on October 17, 2014.  Taylor’s The Help stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) are also in talks to play supporting roles in the pic, which is finally coming to fruition after years of development by producer Brian Grazer.  The only other film currently slated for release on October 17th is Fox’s Frankenstein film starring Daniel Radcliffe.  Hit the jump for more, including the film’s official synopsis.

42 Star Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic; Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Nelsan Ellis Eyed for Supporting Roles

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Producer Brian Grazer has been trying to make a James Brown biopic for over a decade.  Tate Taylor (The Help) signed on to direct and produce late last year, and Mick Jagger came to produce and lend his music cred, but there was no obvious candidate to play the Godfather of Soul.  One black actor surfaced in the last year and proved he could carry a period biopic: Chadwick Boseman.  Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42, which premiered in April to solid reviews and went on to gross nearly $100 million domestic.  Variety reports Boseman was identified as the top choice weeks ago, but Universal and Imagine Entertainment needed to sort out the budget before an offer could be made.  Now, Boseman is Brown.

Another report suggests Taylor is eying a few members from the Help cast—Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis—for supporting roles.  More after the jump.

Tate Taylor in Talks to Helm Untitled James Brown Biopic; Mick Jagger Joins Brian Grazer as Producer

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Tate Taylor, the writer and director of 2011′s Oscar-worthy The Help, is reportedly in negotiations to helm an untitled biopic of soul-singer, James Brown.  The picture is a long-awaited realization for producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) who has always harbored a desire to adapt the late singer’s life into a feature film.  Joining Grazer as producer will be another musical icon, Mick Jagger.  The film will be a co-production of Imagine Entertainment and Jagger’s Jagged Films and will be based off of the screenplay by Fair Game writers, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Producers are now turning to avenues of distribution and for an actor to portray Brown.  Hit the jump for more.

THE HELP Director Tate Taylor in Talks to Write and Helm THE JURY

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Director Tate Taylor has been taking his sweet time in choosing a follow-up to last year’s Best Picture nominee The Help, but it sounds like he’s closing in on a new project.  Deadline reports that Taylor is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of the 2002 British miniseries The Jury.  The story “focuses on the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter.”  The original miniseries starred Gerard Butler and Mark Strong, and spent considerable time examining the lives of the jurors as they moved closer to a verdict.  The project was initially developed with Marc Forster directing and Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) writing the screenplay, but that version never came to fruition.  Hit the jump for more.

Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

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As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

Beth McCarthy to Direct Road Trip Comedy TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy

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After breaking out in a big way following the success of last year’s Bridesmaids, star Melissa McCarthy understandably has quite a bit on her plate at the moment. One of her projects that’s pretty far along is a road trip comedy called Tammy. The film centers on a woman who takes a roadtrip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband’s having an affair. The Help director Tate Taylor was previously in talks to helm the project, but subsequently dropped out. Variety now reports that TV helmer Beth McCarthy (SNL, 30 Rock) has come onboard to direct.

Director McCarthy—who has no relation to actor McCarthy—served as director of Saturday Night Live from 1995-2006, and has also helmed episodes of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, as well as two Super Bowl halftime shows. Actor McCarthy (who also wrote the script for Tammy) will next be seen in Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

THE HELP Director Tate Taylor in Talks to Helm Melissa McCarthy Comedy TAMMY

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A couple months ago, we reported on the number of projects that Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy had on her plate. Thanks to the female-driven comedy, McCarthy is now one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Among the projects was a dark comedy that she was working on with The Help director Tate Taylor, and a road trip comedy called Tammy. Well, now Deadline reports that Taylor is in negotiations to helm the latter film. Whether the dark comedy Taylor and McCarthy were working on was Tammy or another project entirely is unclear, but Taylor seems to be in line to take the lead on the road trip pic. Hit the jump for more, including plot info on Tammy and what other projects are in development for McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy Provides Details on Upcoming Projects; Working on Dark Comedy with THE HELP Director and Roadtrip Comedy TAMMY

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Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids was one of the biggest (and best) comedies of this year. If the film itself was a bit of surprise hit, the biggest surprise came from scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy. One of the highlights of the flick, she killed nearly every line she had and soon after the film’s success she found herself fielding a lot of phone calls. The Emmy-winner for Best Actress in a Comedy is currently working on a number of projects, and recently sat down to dole out some details.

In addition to the comedy that’s she’s scripting for Paramount with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo (that film centers on a woman who hijacks the Stanley Cup to cheer up her sick husband), McCarthy is working on a dark comedy with The Help director Tate Taylor, a roadtrip comedy called Tammy, and Paul Feig’s new film Dumb Jock. Hit the jump for more details.

THE HELP Director Tate Taylor in Talks to Adapt PEACE LIKE A RIVER

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The Help is doing very well at the box office in its first week.  Writer/director Tate Taylor has perhaps the most to gain from the success, since this is just his second feature (and the first with any kind of profile).  The Help studio DreamWorks wants to keep him in house for a partnership with Warner Bros. and Plan B to adapt Leif Enger’s novel Peace Like a RiverTHR reports Taylor is in early negotiations to direct, and I imagine his asking price is higher than the last time around.

Warner Bros. and Plan B have spent the last several years trying to adapt Peace Like a River.  Taylor’s involvement would advance the project, though as a hot director, he’s said to be considering several scripts for his follow-up.  The book is narrated by 11-year-old Reuben Land, who travels with his sister and father across the Midwest in 1962 to find his fugitive brother.  Read the full synopsis after the jump.

THE HELP Review

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Movies that take place during the Civil Rights era have become their own genre and one that sometimes diminishes the characters and their stories by making everyone into a hero, a villain, or a martyr.  The Help tries to expand those roles by showing that not all southern white people in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi are vile racists, not all black people are born courageous activists, and that while the battle lines were clearly defined as right and wrong, some people had to do some soul-searching to find where they stood.  The movie stumbles when it forgets to shade its characters and by being too faithful to the book at the expense of effectively translating the story to the screen.  But despite these missteps, The Help manages to deliver some powerful emotional moments due in large part to yet another tremendous performance from Viola Davis.

8 Movie Clips from THE HELP

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Disney has sent over eight clips from writer/director Tate Taylor’s The Help, based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett.  Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, The Help is about “a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.” The film stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Ocatvia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Lowell, Anna Camp, Ahna O Reilly, and Allison Janney.

I’ve spoken to a few people that have seen it and everyone has been raving.  Almost all say it’ll be a contender during Award season.  Hit the jump for the clips, and look for interviews with the cast week of release.

International Trailer and Two New Images from THE HELP

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The international trailer for writer/director Tate Taylor’s The Help is now available online. While the first half of the cut is very similar to the trailer released back in April, the last minute devotes more time to highlighting the interview process that Emma Stone’s character takes on while writing about the lives of African-American maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights movement. While I consider Stone a great young talent, I’m mostly looking forward to checking out The Help because it looks to be genuinely interested in showcasing a segment of the African-American plight during a tumultuous time in American history as opposed to simply pointing out how helpful white people can be to those poor, helpless black folk (I’m looking at you, The Blind Side). Here’s to hoping that turns out to be the case.

In addition to Stone, The Help also stars Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, and Octavia Spencer. The film hits theaters later this summer on August 12th. Hit the jump to check out both the trailer and a couple of new images from the pic .

First Trailer for THE HELP Plus 3 New Images

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Disney has released the first trailer for The Help, based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett.  Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, The Help tells the story of three women: recent college graduate Skeeter (Emma Stone), wise black maid Aibileen (Viola Davis), and Aibileen’s sassy best friend Minny (Ocatvia Spencer).  The threesome “come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.”  Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Lowell, Anna Camp, Ahna O Reilly, and Allison Janney also star.  Tate Taylor wrote and directed the adaptation.

The Help opens August 12.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

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